Tall skinny açaí trees grow throughout the Amazon region of Brazil, particularly in the state of Pará, where a nice cold bowl of açaí pairs perfectly with a meal of fresh fish. The dense rainforest in the painting leaves the undergrowth in the shade with spots of sunlight illuminating the tropical greens.
Little Rock native Kristen Hess has been taken captive by the rich colors and thick textures of oil paints since 2005. Her work combines the effect of light on her subjects with expressive brushstrokes, creating movement and depth in her pieces. Her representational style along with an extensive background in drawing come together with the atmospheric colors of the impressionists to create paintings that capture the emotion of the place or subject.